In a world full of chaos, what would happen if we focused on turning the bad to good?
Everything is wise in nature,
so live and bless life
each morning, each night,
returns us to paradise.
Roads lead us to history,
to show us the coming day.
Kites, penguins, rhinos,
even small dragonflies –
live praising her abundance
Let earthly misfortune,
earthly turmoil, and man’s
bad temper pass you by.
So much evil in the world!
No one is innocent among the
passing multitudes – as, age upon
age, we reduce the world to ashes.
Shamelessly, we have trampled
over birds and beasts, but has it made us
any stronger, having driven
innocent birds from their nests?
No, it’s us who are defenceless,
as much as these poor animals.
Human and animal now one –
the bullet is heading our way too
Nature dictates our food and shelter.
As we search for a new path to the future,
direct us and make us understand.
Restore God’s world to its fine
luminous beginnings where
the creator gathered ungrateful
people for an eternal feast.
But, envious and malicious,
we have defiled God’s gift.
Forgive us our stupid epochs,
drunk with war and apocalypse.
We’ve been stuck in this madness
so long, we have lost count …
yet, it did not destroy our native genius,
it did not cause our people to scatter
Our voice is the master of comparisons,
a poet with an all-encompassing soul,
it offers its unique take,
on this great enlightened world.
And my people call their kuda
for a thousand happy years.
Be plentiful and holy,
my earth, my native world.
Let our enemy fear us.
Let prosperity come.
Let the beautiful spirit blossom.
Let the bright mind sharpen.
Let us make this change.
I look forward to that time.
Kuda – refers to in-laws
From: Contemporary Kazakh Poetry, published by NBT, in partnership with
Cambridge University Press
Written by Kulash Akhmetova